Illustration © Eric N. Peterson

 

Gender Equality

Who’d understand
Your sense
Of equality
Better
Than over
Fifty Percent
Of the population

 

Lady Liberty

Somehow
I have turned into
An old Jewish woman
Wearing a black robe
With a jabot
And one heck
Of a collared necklace.

 

Shadow

in the beginning
there was
no end

our shadow
walked on memory
and ground

stars
the color of angels
weep

 

Stand
        After P. Celan

To stand in your shadow
The sky still up in the air
The facts clearly stated

To stand for us, for all
Those once unrecognized
Seen by you alone

With all those unsaid words
Finally justice
Found a voice

 

John Stickney is a poet/writer originally from Cleveland, Ohio, currently residing in the Wilmington, NC area.

Eric N. Peterson is from Atlanta, Ga. He’s been drawing cartoons all his life. He leans towards the absurd, imaginative, and the surreal, as that’s where all the flavor is.